We had a lovely Mothers Day last weekend and hope all our mothers had a special day. Today is the Fifth Sunday of Lent (the beginning of Passiontide) and next week we will celebrate Palm Sunday which is the start of Holy Week. I hope that we will all be able to live these special days with faith, devotion and participation at church.

Today is Mothering Sunday. We hope all our mums and families have a lovely day.  Let us remember to pray for all the mothers who have gone to God. In the liturgy, today is Laetare Sunday - the Fourth in Lent. Today we are reminded of the joyful destination of our journey that leads towards Easter. Next Sunday, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, is the beginning of Passiontide. This week Lemmy has her first birthday! However, she was 8 weeks old when she came to live in the presbytery and take her up new appointments as ‘chief evangeliser’ and ‘centre of attention’. She says she loves her life in the parish and says hello to you all. Thank you to all who have helped me by looking after her during Mass and other times too! God bless.

The next session will take place on Monday 4th March at 7.30pm.

There will be Stations of the Cross every Friday morning after the 10 am Mass during Lent.

Would you like a daily prayer reflection for every day in Lent? ‘Walk with Me’ Lent booklets are available in the paper shop, price £1 each.

The Rosary is said everyday before the 10am Mass.  Why not join in as part of your Lenten observances?

Today is already the Third Sunday of Lent. In the liturgy we hear about how the Law and worship are connected - for Christians these two realities exist in Christ who is the true and real presence of God among us. The more we worship him, the more we become his living Body. The first Christians understood this when they said, ‘We become what we receive’. Next Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Lent, known as ‘Laetare Sunday’. Next Sunday is also Mothering Sunday. Next weekend you will be able to take a sheet with the times of celebrations here during Holy Week. Last week I had a wonderful time at the celebrations for the Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck in Malta. I prayed for you all and the whole parish at the statue and also during the liturgies. May God bless you all and your Lenten journeys.

On Wednesday we began our Lenten journey, and today is the First Sunday in Lent when we hear about Jesus who is victorious in the wilderness. Let us pray for each other in this Lenten journey, relying solely on God’s grace in our own time of need. Lent orientates us towards the coming celebration of Christ’s victory over sin and death at Holy Week and Easter. We hope you all had a good half-term holiday.


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